Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White

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  • Margaret Bourke-White was born on June 14, 1904 in The Bronx, New York. She grew up in New Jersey with her two parents, Joseph and Minnie. Her father was the first to introduce her to a camera.
  • This, my sweet girl, is a camera.
  • Growing up, Margaret loved photography, but she considered it as a hobby not as a career. After she graduated Plainfield High School, she decided to pursue a career in herpetology. That did not last long. 
  • I choose PHOTOGRAPHY!!!
  • When World War II began, Margaret started photographing the Soviet Union in Germany.  At the time she was working at LIFE magazine, and she was the first female photographer to be hired there.
  • I feel like someone's watching me...
  • In 1941, when the U.S. entered the war, Margaret traveled with U.S. troops and took photos of the battles she witnessed, like The Battle of Moscow. In fact, she was the first woman to be allowed to work in combat zones .
  • Because she traveled with troops, Margaret was constantly in danger.  In fact, she was nicknamed "Maggie the Indestructible" because of how many dangerous situations she survived. For example, she survived being torpedoed in the Mediterranean!
  • Today, Margaret's photos of WWII and other historical events during that time period can be found at the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art and many more across the U.S. 
  • Thank you for reading!
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